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Lake Bistineau Public Meeting with LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet Rescheduled for June 20th

Release Date: 06/09/2017

June 9, 2017 - Due to the special session of the Legislature the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet and his staff have rescheduled an informational meeting to outline LDWF’s efforts to control salvinia on Lake Bistineau and to gather public input on the situation.
Who:     LDWF Inland Fisheries Staff
What:    Public information meeting on Lake Bistineau
When:   Rescheduled for Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
Where:    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Region 1 Office
                Jonathan Glasscock Memorial Classroom
                9961 Hwy. 80
                Minden, LA 71055
The meeting will include an update on the current status of the lake, and LDWF staff will field questions concerning the management of the lake and giant salvinia. A new idea will be discussed concerning a scheduled “Weevil Day”, planned by LDWF to provide salvinia weevils to the public for stocking into Lake Bistineau. Everyone interested in Lake Bistineau is encouraged to attend. 
Space is limited to 100 individuals, so please keep this in mind when making plans to attend.  
The current LDWF Lake Bistineau Management Plan can be viewed at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland
For additional information regarding the meeting, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive LDWF email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.
 

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission to Hold Special Meeting on June 12

Release Date: 06/09/2017

Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission

Agenda

Special Meeting

June 12, 2017 - 1:30 P.M.

 

1.     Call to Orde

2.     Pledge of Allegiance

3.     Roll Call

4.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege

5.    Consider options and public comment for changes to the 2017 recreational state red snapper season in conjunction with a proposed additional federal red snapper season, including but not limited to a potential declaration of emergency.

6.     Receive Public Comments

7.     Adjournment 

 

A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6185224979947854337

 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs torlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

Louisiana, Federal Government in Talks to Increase Red Snapper Fishing Days

Release Date: 06/07/2017

June 7, 2017 - Louisiana is among the five Gulf states considering a proposal that could lead to more fishing days for red snapper in federal waters. Under the proposed plan, anglers would be allowed to fish for red snapper on weekends only, possibly beginning as early as June 17. The proposed season would run through Sept. 4 in federal and state waters.
 
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s offer of additional red snapper fishing days in federal waters would be welcomed by many anglers unhappy about the recently ended three-day federal red snapper season.
 
“This is a solid proposal from the federal government,” said Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards. “Accepting this offer would result in Louisiana anglers having more access to federal waters, rather than the three-day limit that was recently imposed. This is an important step for our anglers, and I am optimistic that we can come to an agreement with the federal government on this proposal.”
 
The offer does come with tradeoffs. Under the proposal, state waters would be closed during weekdays and only reopen on days when the federal waters are also open. This closure of state waters would only be required under the proposal through Sept. 4.  Following Sept. 4, the state could evaluate if state waters could be reopened to private recreational harvest of red snapper.
 
Authority over the state season is vested in the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission, although the Commission delegated authority to LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet to make in-season adjustments to the state season for 2017.
 
Gov. Edwards supports a better federal waters access scenario for Louisiana anglers.  These negotiations could result in more access while also preserving the state’s ability to manage state waters for added fishing access. By closely tracking harvest in both federal and state waters, LDWF can continue its effort to keep its red snapper catch around its historical percentage of the overall Gulf red snapper recreational harvest.
 
“This would be incredibly important to show the federal government that we can manage the harvest of red snapper in both state and federal waters in a responsible manner,” Edwards said.
 
The Commerce Department proposal is still in the negotiation phase, but the states are expected to make decisions in the next several days. A final decision by the Commerce Department would soon follow.

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Oyster Task Force Health Committee to Meet June 8, 10:00 a.m.

Release Date: 06/07/2017

Oyster Task Force Health Committee
Thursday, June 8, 2017, 10:00 A.M.
UNO Advanced Technology Center
2021 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 210
New Orleans 70122
 

AGENDA

 

I.               Call to Order

II.             Discussion of Oyster Industry ISSC Proposals

III.           Public Comment

IV.           Set next meeting

V.             Adjourn

The meeting will be held in compliance with Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law as defined by Louisiana R.S. 42:11, et seq.  The public is invited to attend.  To listen in to the meeting via webinar register at:

https://www.anymeeting.com/530-386-328

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.la.gov. To receive email alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup. . For press inquiries please contact Rene LeBreton, 504-286-8745 or rlebreton@wlf.la.gov

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to rlebreton@wlf.la.gov at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date.

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Announces 2017 Alligator Lottery Hunts

Release Date: 06/06/2017

June 6, 2017 – The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) will select eligible alligator hunters through a lottery selection system on five LDWF Coastal & Nongame Resources (CNR) Division Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), 15 LDWF Wildlife Division WMAs, one U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) property and 25 public lakes for the 2017 alligator harvest season.
 
Interested participants may print out an application from LDWF’s website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/hunting/lottery-hunts or request an application by phone for CNR Division WMAs at 337-373-0032 or Wildlife Division WMAs and public lakes at 225-765-2346.
 
To assist applicants in selecting specific WMAs/public lakes, LDWF has posted the percentage of lottery alligator harvest applicants selected in 2016 by WMA or public lake on its website at www.wlf.louisiana.gov/lottery-alligator-harvest-program.
 
Here are the eligible areas:
 
CNR DIVISION WMAs
 
Atchafalaya Delta WMA, St. Mary Parish
 
Pass a Loutre WMA, Plaquemines Parish
 
Pointe aux Chenes WMA, Terrebonne and Lafourche parishes
 
Salvador/Timken WMAs, St. Charles Parish
 
Lake Boeuf WMA, Lafourche Parish
 
WILDLIFE DIVISION WMAs/USACE PROPERTIES 
 
Big Lake WMA, Tensas Parish
 
Boeuf WMA, Caldwell Parish
 
Buckhorn WMA, Tensas Parish
 
Elm Hall WMA, Assumption Parish
 
Grassy Lake WMA, Avoyelles Parish
 
Joyce WMA, Tangipahoa Parish
 
Manchac WMA, St. John the Baptist Parish
 
Maurepas Swamp WMA, St. John the Baptist, St. James, Ascension, Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes
 
Sherburne WMA (state portion only), Pointe Coupee and St. Martin parishes
 
Spring Bayou WMA, Avoyelles Parish
 
Pearl River WMA, St. Tammany Parish
 
Richard K. Yancey WMA, Concordia Parish
 
Dewey W. Wills WMA, LaSalle and Catahoula parishes
 
Russell Sage WMA, Ouachita and Morehouse parishes
 
USACE PROPERTY
 
Indian Bayou Area (USACE), St. Landry and St. Martin parishes
 
PUBLIC LAKES
 
Lake Bistineau, Webster, Bossier and Bienville parishes
 
Lake Wallace, Caddo Parish
 
Black/Cypress Lake and Ivan Lake, Bossier Parish
 
Cross Lake, Caddo Parish
 
Kepler Lake, Bienville Parish
 
Bayou Desiard North, Ouachita Parish
 
Caney Lake, Jackson Parish
 
Bartholomew Lake, Ouachita and Morehouse parishes
 
Kincaid Lake, Rapides Parish
 
Indian Creek, Rapides Parish
 
Cotile Lake, Rapides Parish
 
Nantachie Lake, Grant Parish
 
Saline Lake, Winn Parish
 
Toledo Bend, Desoto and Sabine parishes
 
Lake Bruin, Tensas Parish
 
Lake Concordia, Concordia Parish
 
Lake St. John, Tensas Parish
 
Lake St. Joseph, Tensas Parish
 
Anacoco Lake and Vernon Lake, Vernon Parish
 
Caddo Lake, Caddo Parish
 
Black Lake, Natchitoches Parish
 
Bundicks Lake, Beauregard Parish
 
Lake D’Arbonne, Union Parish.
 
 
Applications and non-refundable application fees ($5) must be submitted to the address indicated on corresponding applications and be postmarked by July 5, 2017.  Only one of the three available lottery alligator harvest applications (CNR Division WMA, Wildlife Division WMA or Wildlife Division Public Lakes) may be submitted per applicant.  Additional applications will result in voiding all applications of the applicant.
 
The lottery alligator harvests will be conducted Aug. 30-Oct. 5.  Exact harvest dates will vary by WMA/public lakes and will be specified at the time selected hunters are notified. Selected hunters may be assigned specific areas to conduct alligator harvest activities on certain WMAs/public lakes.
 
Applicants must be a legal Louisiana resident and 16 years of age or older. All successful applicants will be required to purchase an alligator hunting license ($25).  Successful applicants for WMAs will be required to submit payments ($40) for each alligator tag allocated.
 
All applicants meeting the application requirements will be entered into a randomized computer drawing, which will take place by August of 2017.  Selected hunters will be notified by mail.
 
For more information concerning CNR Division WMAs, contact Jeb Linscombe at 337-373-0032 or jlinscombe@wlf.la.gov.  For more information concerning Wildlife Division WMAs or public lakes, contact Steve Smith at 225-765-2346 or ssmith@wlf.la.gov.
 

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Federal Funding Available to Accommodate Transient Boaters in Louisiana

Release Date: 06/06/2017

 

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) is accepting applications for the Sport Fish Restoration Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) Program. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designed this grant program to provide mooring accommodations for transient recreational boaters (i.e., boaters traveling to a single facility for day use or staying at a single facility for up to 15 days) with vessels greater than 26 feet in length. 
 
There are two levels of available funding - Tier I with a maximum of $200,000, and Tier II with a maximum of $1.5 million dollars. Tier II grant applications are nationally competitive. Both funding opportunities have a minimum non-federal match requirement of 25 percent of the total project cost to be provided by the applicant. All project elements must be designed to accommodate recreational transient boaters. More information on the BIG Program can be found here.
 
Applications for the BIG Program must be received by the department before August 4, 2017, to be considered for the current funding cycle. 
 
For questions or to request an application, please contact Melissa Kaintz at mkaintz@wlf.la.gov or 225-765-2343. 

 

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Issues Reminder to Not Disturb Deer Fawns

Release Date: 06/06/2017

June 6, 2017 – Though they may appear to be vulnerable and in need of assistance, unattended white-tailed deer fawns encountered in the wild should not be disturbed, according to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ (LDWF) biologists. LDWF is reminding the public the best practice is to leave them alone and to remember it is against the law to capture young deer or any other wild animal.
 
Newborn fawns rely on their spotted coats and concealment during the first few weeks of life. Does will forage nearby and return periodically to nurse the young fawn. The lack of flight and hiding strategy phase of a newborn fawn often creates the illusion of abandonment. However, as fawns grow and develop, they will begin to forage for food alongside the mother.
  
Every year LDWF receives calls from concerned citizens who have found what they consider to be an abandoned deer fawn. If caught transporting or possessing wild deer or other wild animals without a permit, individuals may be subject to citations and fines. 
 
Quiet departure from the area is recommended if a fawn is encountered. This action will provide the young deer the best chance to survive in the wild and prevent a possible citation.
 
Louisiana’s deer herd has a wide range of breeding dates depending on the location within the state. Fawning typically occurs from April thru August, occurring earliest in southwest Louisiana followed by north central and northwest Louisiana. The latest fawning occurs along the Mississippi River parishes and parts of southeast Louisiana.
 
For more information, contact LDWF Deer Program Manager Johnathan Bordelon at 225-765-2344 or jbordelon@wlf.la.gov.
 

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LDWF to Hold Informational Meeting on Urban Foxes June 7 in Lafayette

Release Date: 06/05/2017

June 5, 2017 – The Louisiana Department and Wildlife and Fisheries will hold an informational meeting on urban foxes and nuisance wildlife control June 7 (Wednesday) at 6:30 p.m. in Lafayette. The meeting will be held at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service/NOAA Building conference room located at 646 Cajundome Blvd. in Lafayette.
 
The presentation will provide information on fox biology and behavior in urban areas of Louisiana, citizen science and Fox Finders' research results and nuisance wildlife control regulations. LDWF biologists and Dr. Linda Hooper-Bùi, an associate professor with LSU’s Department of Environmental Sciences, will field questions regarding urban foxes and control of nuisance wildlife on private property.   
 
Foxes have adapted to living in urban and residential areas and can sometimes cause concern for citizens unfamiliar with living with wildlife. This meeting will detail how to deal with foxes and other wildlife that make their homes in urban areas. 
 
For current LDWF nuisance wildlife information, go http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/wildlife/nuisance-wildlife .
 
For additional information regarding the meeting, contact Melissa Collins, LDWF Wildlife Biologist, Permits Coordinator, at mcollins@wlf.la.gov or 225-763-8584.

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AMENDED - June 2017 Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission Meeting Agenda

Release Date: 06/05/2017

The next regular Commission Meeting will be held at 9:30 AM on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at the Wildlife and Fisheries Headquarters Building located at 2000 Quail Drive, Baton Rouge, La.
 
The following items will be discussed:
 
1.     Call to Order
 
2.     Pledge of Allegiance
 
3.     Roll Call
 
4.     Adoption of May 04, 2017 Commission Meeting Minutes
 
5.     Commission Special Announcements / Personal Privilege
 
6.     Enforcement Report May, 2017 – Captain Edward Skena
 
7.     Presentation of Enforcement Awards to Civilians – Captain Edward Skena
 
8.     Receive Legislative Update – Cole Garrett, Attorney and Legislative Liaison
 
9.     Receive an update on status of Federal Exempted Fishing Permit presented by LDWF to NOAA 
 
10.  Receive an Update on the 2017 Master Plan from the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority – Bren Haase, Chief, Planning and Research Division, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
 
11.  Receive an Update and Report on the Potential for Special Artificial Reef Site (SARS) Development in Nearshore and Offshore Louisiana – Mike McDonough, Biologist, Artificial Reef Program Manager
 
12.  Receive a Summary Report of the 2016/2017 Public Seed Ground Oyster Season and Supplemental Information – Steve Beck, Biologist, Oyster Program Manager
 
13.  Consider a Notice of Intent for Proposed Waterfowl Hunting regulations for Black Bayou Game and Fish Preserve – Ronnie Festavan, Black Bayou Watershed Commission
 
14.  To discuss possible federal action to address historically short federal waters red snapper season 
 
15.  Set October 2017 Commission Meeting Date
 
16.  Receive Public Comments
 
17.  Consider Holding an Executive Session, Pursuant to R.S. 42:17(A)(2) for discussion and consideration of settlement offer in the matter entitled Charles S. Reily, et al. v. State of Louisiana, et al., No. 81-42886-I, 15th Judicial District Court, Parish of Vermillion, Louisiana – Ryan M. Seidemann, Assistant Attorney General, and Daniel D. Henry, Jr., LDWF Deputy General Counsel
 
18.  Adjournment 
 
A live audio/video stream of this meeting will be available via Gotowebinar.com.  To attend this meeting via webinar visit: 
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6096377843285449473
 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana’s abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us atwww.wlf.la.gov. To receive recreational or commercial fishing email and text alerts, signup at http://www.wlf.la.gov/signup.
 
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is committed to accommodating all
reasonable special requests regarding access to our meetings. Please direct all sign
language interpreting services or other accommodation needs to the contact at the top of
this announcement at least 72 hours prior to the meeting date. 

LDWF Secretary Jack Montoucet to Conduct Lake Bistineau Public Meeting

Release Date: 06/05/2017

June 5, 2017 - Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary Jack Montoucet and his staff will conduct an informational meeting outlining LDWF’s efforts to control salvinia on Lake Bistineau and to gather public input on the situation.
 
Who:  LDWF Inland Fisheries Staff
 
What:  Public information meeting on Lake Bistineau
 
When:  Thursday, June 15, 2017, at 6:30 p.m.
 
Where:    Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Region 1 Office
                Jonathan Glasscock Memorial Classroom
                9961 Hwy. 80
                Minden, LA 71055
 
The meeting will include an update on the current status of the lake, and LDWF staff will field questions concerning the management of the lake and giant salvinia. A new idea will be discussed concerning a scheduled “Weevil Day”, planned by LDWF to provide salvinia weevils to the public for stocking into Lake Bistineau. Everyone interested in Lake Bistineau is encouraged to attend. 
 
Space is limited to 100 individuals, so please keep this in mind when making plans to attend.  
 
The current LDWF Lake Bistineau Management Plan can be viewed at: http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/fishing/waterbody-management-plans-inland
 
For additional information regarding the meeting, contact Jeff Sibley, LDWF Biologist Manager, at jsibley@wlf.la.gov or (318) 371-3066.

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